Players will bounce back from humiliation, says Kane

TONY Kane insists Ballymena United’s players owe the club’s management and supporters big time after Saturday’s crushing 8-0 defeat by Cliftonville.

Kane was one of few United players to emerge with any plaudits after a hard-working display, in which he also came closest to scoring, when his 25-yard free kick cannoned off the crossbar.

“It was a very disappointing,” Tony (pictured left in a tussle with Cliftonville’s Liam Boyce) told Times Sport.

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“It seemed to be one of those days where everything Cliftonville hit ended up in the back of the net.

“Once again we conceded a goal early on which made it very difficult for us.

“We had been told about the importance of keeping it tight early on but we made individual mistakes and the whole team has to take the blame for that.

“We showed it against Crusaders the previous week and right throughout the season that we do have strength in depth but it was one of those days where we didn’t apply ourselves.

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“That’s our first home defeat since February – it wasn’t pleasant but we have to forget about it and go on.

“As the gaffer says, it’s in the history books and we have to go on and do a bit better.

“We will pick ourselves up and dust ourselves down and look to put in a better performance this week,” added Kane.

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